Birdie's Eye View - July 30, 2019

Frank Carpenito, senior assistant course superintendent at Woods Hole Golf Club, says the par-three 17th hole not only offers a degree of difficulty but also pristine ocean views.

Tucked away in the seaside village of Woods Hole in Falmouth, located off Quissett Avenue, sits Woods Hole Golf Club—a private course equipped with not only a challenging collection of 18 holes, but boasting some of the best ocean views along upper Cape Cod.

Established nearly 12 decades ago, Woods Hole Golf Club puts a premium on accuracy with its links-style layout. The fairways are lined with fescue and the greens feature varying billows that give players a different look every time out.

While the 17th hole may not have the fescue-lined fairway its longer contemporaries may highlight, its short 130-yard par 3 hole makes up for it with its picturesque views of Gansett Harbor behind the green and to the right beyond the tree line. With an elevated tee box, the 17th hole may play shorter than the yardage indicates. That, however, doesn’t make it any easier, according to senior assistant course superintendent Frank Carpenito.

He was quick to note the steady presence of a left-to-right wind blowing across the hole. With the tee box snugly nestled in a corner of trees, the wind might feel like a non-factor, but once the ball rises above the tree line, tee shots have a tendency to push right. That’s where the aforementioned accuracy comes into play, as the green is firmly protected by a quartet of sand traps surrounding the dance floor and and out-of-bounds stake placed not far behind the green.

If able to land safely on the green, it’s not necessarily a lock to birdie or par the hole, as the terrain is accented by an array of ripples. Should players settle for bogey or, God forbid, double bogey, tempers can be diminished by getting a glimpse of The Knob or Gansett Harbor on their way to the par-4 18th hole before enjoying a libation in the newly remodeled clubhouse.

For those interested, Woods Hole Golf Club is accepting new members. Candidates are asked to go through the application and referral process and have the option to experience the club by meeting other members and senior staff, touring the facilities and maybe, just maybe enjoying a round of golf. Those interested are urged to call the club and ask for general manager David Zauner or email

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